FHOSTER has joined a consortium leaded by BOC GmbH and ATOS Spain SA, to file a proposal to the European Commission, answering call H2020-ICT-2014-1 (Industrial Leadership) of the Horizon 2020 Work Programme.
The proposal is focused on topic ICT-07-2014 (Advanced Cloud Infrastructures and Services) and it aims at creating a platform, named “Cloud-Socket”, to fill the gap between business needs (defined as business process models) and the cloud services publicly available. In fact, despite the increasing number of “digital natives” now entering the workforce, there is still a huge gap between the business and ICT domains in terms of awareness, common understanding and expertise.
The Cloud-Socket platform basically includes a business-process-modeling environment, a marketplace of public cloud services, and a match-making algorithm using ontology mappings and other techniques to select the best compatible implementations for any given business process.
In this context, our concept of Cloudlet (i.e. autonomous & reusable piece of cloud service generated automatically from a high-level, conceptual and semantically-rich model) has been embraced by the consortium and has been used in the proposal as a key element of the overall Cloud-Socket concept.
Within the consortium, FHOSTER will provide the model-driven environment allowing developers to easily create semantically-annotated cloud services (i.e. extended cloudlets). The idea is to simplify and democratize the creation of robust and interoperable cloud services that the Cloud-Socket platform could natively evaluate and match with business process models.
During the project, should the proposal be accepted, we will extend the Livebase modeling environment and code generator to explicitly (and visually) support business-process-modeling. We will also extend the cloudlet framework to support the OASIS CAMP standard.
Today we’ll be in Padua, at the VSIX annual convention. The VSIX is the Neutral Access Point (NAP) of North-East Italy, promoting the usage of the Internet and of cloud services in the region. We’ll be at the convention with ICOA, one of the System Integrators we are partnering with, to deliver ad-hoc, agile solutions based on our Livebase cloud platform. We will have a small demo area, so come visit us. The convention is held at the NH Hotel Mantegna, via N, Tommaseo 61, Padua.
There is little doubt that we are at the beginning of an industrial revolution, where software development (and even some “hardware” development, if you consider the quick growth of “makers” and 3D printing technologies) is going to be more and more accessible to people who do not have a professional expertise in the field.
VentureBeat recently posted a very interesting article on cloud-based application development tools. We are not (yet) listed as one of the top 10 worldwide, but one thing is sure: the industry is growing fast, and platforms like Livebase really have a huge potential.
With 60 hospitals involved, over 11.000 patients tracked and 10+ years of data on each patient (blood/urine analysis, vital parameters, genetic markers, therapies, life style, environmental factors, etc.) Livebase is getting, year after year, a reference platform for cloud-based clinical research.
On November 20th, in Milan, we’ll present our recent achievements and future perspectives at the Filarete Healthy Startups Week. We’ll also talk about a major study on HIV run on Livebase by ICONA Foundation since 2011, and a clinical trial on a special combination of drugs run by the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart.
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